Your Job is Just a Part of Your Career

There is often the misconception that if you have a job, you have a career, especially if you have held that job for the long-term. A job gives you short-term security. It supplies you with compensation, fringe benefits, an occupational title and shapes your work related responsibilities and performance obligations.

When you commit to building the skills for your profession and acquire the related education or present well-developed skill-sets or marketable natural talent; you may be well on your way to a career. Every job you hold is a part of your career.

If you are lucky, you have some idea of your abilities and have a talent that captures your interest. Got a career plan? It is essential that you spend time assessing your interests and skill-sets if you don’t have a plan. Creating a career management plan usually evolves.

Your interaction with the workplace and the world will influence your perception. The impact of technology on tasks, performance, production, workplace relationships and communication means constant change. It also means you will be constantly evaluating and realigning your personal goals with career advancement opportunities.

In the past, a company planned your career advancement. Nowadays, you must manage your career. You compete in a global marketplace. It is your responsibility to package and market you. Relationships and networking internally and externally are essential factors impacting how you are viewed and valued for your personal brand.

Your work relationships. also influences your career advancement. The workplace is intricately connected; therefore it is important to nurture healthy relationships with your boss and co-workers. Be professional and open-minded at all times. These connections can help you get promoted easily. Furthermore, seek to improve your communication skills to convey your objectives clearly.

Always be ready and prepared. If you are interested in advancing your career, keep your mind open to learning and acquiring new knowledge. This will help you become flexible in future challenges when you encounter obstacles or opportunities in your journey to career success.

Practice thinking strategically about where you wish to be professionally in 5, 10 years to be ready for the next career opportunity. Build your career portfolio because your job is just a part of your career. Manage your career for long-range advancement.

Brenda Goburn Smith